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					                           This Week In Baseball
                                         Show #1209
                                         May 28, 2011

                                              ACT ONE


Chris Young (Singing): Cause it's 1-2-3 strikes you're out at the old ball game!


Major League Baseball Productions presents…

                                        (SYNC: Music up)



This Week In Baseball – your inside access to the game…

                                      (SYNC: Crack)



                                      ACT ONE

                                    Rick Eckstein


On this Memorial Day weekend, where better to be than in Washington D.C.

For it’s here we find a story about two things that we’ve come to associate with this

special holiday – baseball and family…

                                (SYNC: Final note)



Rick Eckstein is the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals...

                                (SYNC: “Jayson…”)

Announcer: Jayson Werth going over to Rick Eckstein, giving him a lot of

information right there.



His younger brother David played 10 big league seasons – winning two

championships and a World Series MVP award in 2006…


But the bond between these brothers goes beyond baseball. You see, Rick and David

were both spared from a rare form of kidney disease that has afflicted much of the

Eckstein family. Even their father Whitey was diagnosed with the condition – which

ultimately leads to kidney failure…

                                  (SYNC: “These are…”)

Doctor: These are rare diseases, typically there kind of disease is, one person in the

family will get it, maybe two, umm but this has pervaded three generations of their




The debilitating disease has struck their sisters Christine and Susan and their older

brother Ken. Their father and all three siblings have received kidney transplants…

                                  (SYNC: “Growing…”)

Ken Eckstein: Growing up, they were wondering if they were going to live and I'm

out on the baseball field with my brother playing.

Doctor: The two brothers, they were spared of kidney disease, and just talking to them

they've told me they've always felt guilty , but I think as they've grown up they

realized, well that's why I've been spared is to help the other siblings if they need a

transplant ever in their lives.

David Eckstein: Once we found out that Susan, Christine and Kenny had the problem,

we knew at some point in time, Rick and I would have to donate, so it's just part of our

life right now.



That time came last year, when Ken – who had undergone a kidney transplant about

20 years earlier – was told that kidney had begun to fail…


That’s when Rick stepped up to the plate – and after discovering that he was a good

match -- showed the true meaning of brotherly love…

                                 (SYNC: “When he…”)

Ken Eckstein: When he first told me that he was my blood type and wanted to donate

to me, my first reaction was listen I don't want this to impact your career, I mean he

makes his living using his body.

Rick Eckstein: I knew my brother was going to think I don't want his kidney, because

of his career, he uses his body, and I didn't give him that choice, I told him I was

doing it.



So on December 8th of 2010, a team of doctors at a special transplant center in Florida

successfully removed one of Rick’s kidneys and gave it to Ken. The recoveries of

both brothers have gone remarkably well…

                                 (SYNC: “Every time…”)

Rick Eckstein: Every time someone asks me about how's Ken doing? I start getting

emotional because to see him thrive since the surgery and how he's come alive...

Ken Eckstein: Hold it back a little bit, okay, you know, so when you come across,


Rick Eckstein: He gives me an extra boost.

Rick Eckstein: That's a base hit.

Ken Eckstein: I was very overwhelmed and appreciative, and what I didn't know

either was David actually put his name in to potentially donate if Ricky wasn't going

to be a match. It's what being a family and being human is all about.



While the procedure was a success, Ken, Rick and the entire Eckstein family realize

that their future will always be uncertain. But no matter how relentless this illness

might be, it can’t possibly be tougher than the family bond the Eckstein’s will always

have for each other…

                                    (SYNC: “Sometimes…”)

Doctor: Sometimes people have a medical problem in the family, it actually splits

families apart that I think this is the opposite, its kept the family all close together, this

is their mission to help each other and take care of each other.

Doctor: Pretty much he's giving you the gift of life.

Ken Eckstein: The gift of life is right.

Doctor: That's the big thing.

Doctor: You hear everybody say, I'd give my right arm for this person but Rick

literally gave his right kidney for his brother, and that's a tremendous, tremendous

thing to do.

Ken Eckstein: It made me feel so privileged to have these types of people in my life

who would love me enough to sacrifice an organ for me, its given me my life back.

Rick Eckstein: I am a giver, it's how I operate, in the field of coaching, that's what you

do, you give up yourself, physically, mentally, psychologically, and being able to

physically give to my brother that way it opened up a dimension I've never

experienced before and it's pretty neat.




This Week In Baseball is brought to you by Pepsi Max…


                                     ACT TWO

                             Library of Congress/History


This Memorial Day weekend, baseball fans in Washington D.C. – New York –

Los Angeles – and most every city where baseball is played -- will honor a classic

seventh inning tradition…

                                (SYNC: Crowd ramps up)

Jimmy Rollins: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

Ryan Howard: That's right, that's whats up.

Jimmy Rollins: That's whats up?

Player: One of those long standing traditions that everybody looks forward to and

everybody knows the song.

Joba Chamberlain: You end up singing it throughout the day because it sticks in your


Barry Zito: We hear it every day for six, eight months, and I personally never got sick

of it.



“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” rings out from the rafters at more than 2,400 Major

League games every year. And now this century-old standard has been preserved in

the Library of Congress in Washington D.C…

                                    (SYNC: “Here’s the…”)

Librarian: Here's the star of the show, Edward Meeker and the original 1908 version

of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

Song Introduction: “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” sung by Edward Meeker.

Librarian: It's just so catchy.

Ron Gardenhire: Take me out...

Shane Victorino: To the ball game.

Joba Chamberlain: Take...

Fans: Me out with the crowd...

Librarian: It feels good to sing it whether you're doing it on the road or with a

screaming group of people.

Dodgers dugout: Buy me some peanuts and...

Ron Gardenhire: Cracker Jacks...

Ryan Howard: I don't care if I...

Chris Young: Never get back, cause it's...

Cubs fans: Root root root for the home team...

Singing group: If they don't win it's a shame...

The common experience of people going to the games all over the country and

singing, it just becomes part of the National psyche.

Bronson Arroyo: For it's...

Fans: One, two...

James Shields: Three strikes you're out at the...

Fans: Old ball...

Torii Hunter: Game!



The fact is, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is the third most recognized song in the

United States – behind only…

                                 (SYNC: “The National…”)

Carlos Pena: The National Anthem and...

Jeff Francoeur: Happy Birthday.



By being archived, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame joins baseball classics “Casey at

the Bat” and Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First” in the Library’s hallowed


                                 (SYNC: “This was…”)

Librarian: This was released in September of 1908, it's 103 years old. Meekers

performance of it only ever came out on a cylinder and we have a really good transfer

thats been made from it.

Meeker (Singing): Well it's 1-2-3 strikes you're out at the old ball game!

Librarian: While it's not the only fine performance of that era, it really represents the

popular music of the day very well.

Music tech: I don't know how many cylinders you've ever heard from 1908 but that

sounds damn good, ha ha.

Gashouse Gang: Let's change the tune fella's, let's put some gas in the Gashouse Gang.



While the song was popular in 1908, it was a harmonious group of St. Louis Cardinals

led by Pepper Martin who first brought it to the ballpark in the ‘30s as part of a pre-

World Series performance. And it was a broadcast icon that some 40 years later

turned it into the seventh inning tradition that we embrace today…

                                 (SYNC: “Harry…”)

Announcer: Well now it's Seventh Inning Stretch time at Wrigley Field, Harry take it


Harry Caray: Let me hear you, good and loud, a 1...

Ernie Banks: In the early '80's, Harry Caray began the Seventh Inning Stretch singing

“Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” It just became a big part of the tradition at

Wrigley Field.

Celebrities singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

Ernie Banks: People loved to stand up in the seventh inning and start singing the song.

Mike Cameron: When I think about “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” it kind of

takes me back to being a little kid.

Michael Cuddyer: It says that for every fan, it takes them back to a one point in life

when they fell in love with baseball and it's no exception for me.

Clint Hurdle: Things stay around for reasons, and “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”

isn't going anywhere, shouldn't go anywhere, should be right where it is in the seventh





And now – here’s TWIBIA. So far in his career Ryan Howard has three seasons with

at least 40 home runs and 140 RBIs. We asked Jon Heyman which first baseman has

the most such seasons. Lou Gehrig? Hank Greenberg? Todd Helton? Or Jimmie

Foxx? John?

                                 (SYNC: “I’ll…”)

Jon Heyman: I'm gonna say Lou Gehrig.



Yep, Larrupin’ Lou hit the 40 home run, 140 RBI mark five times in his career…

                                      (SYNC: “Alright…”)

Jon Heyman: Alright!



                                      Winning Road Trips


Next up – Holiday Inn presents – Winning Road Trips – where we salute the teams

and players that come up big away from home…


It was in Texas where Carlos Quentin became the fifth player in the last two weeks to

have a three home run game…

Announcer: That ball hit hard, get up, it will, you can put it on the board, yes! Yes! A

solo shot by Quentin hit his third homer of the game, mercy!

                                      (SYNC: “You can…”)



                                    ACT THREE

                                      Pepsi Max


We now return to TWIB – where this week on Pepsi Max presents – we continue to

answer the question – what would it be like to watch every inning of every Major

League game for the entire 2011 season? And thanks to our two intrepid super fans in

the MLB Fan Cave – we are learning week by week…

                                (SYNC: “Ahh laughter…”)

Mike O'Hara: Ahh laughter, see we're getting along already, you gonna come by the

cave when we're in there?



The cave is a high-tech, interactive, hardball haven, featuring resident Cave Man,

Mike O’Hara – aka “Mikey O”…

                                (SYNC: “Sir can…”)

Mike O'Hara: Sir can I borrow your bike?

Fan: No.



And wing man, Ryan “Thickish” Wagner…

                               (SYNC: “We…”)

Ryan Wagner: We're at the Fan Cave, we're going to get deeper into this issue, and




It’s here where they’ve been watching every single game this year…

                               (SYNC: Music riff)



This week the cave played host to a Canadian ace and his American beauty…


Mike O'Hara: I'm here with Ricky Romero of the Toronto Blue Jays and Miss USA,

Rima Fakih, I want to see your best Miss USA wave, and make it like regal like you're

wearing the crown.



Well Ricky’s a much better pitcher than waver – that’s for sure…



Fun and games are the rule in the Fan Cave…

                                (SYNC: “Boom…”)

Chris Young: Boom, ah, bing bing, his head popped up.



So Mike and Ryan called on some experts to call this week’s showdown…

                                (SYNC: “Ken…”)

Tim McCarver: Ken what a matchup this has been today.

Ken Rosenthal: I'll tell ya Tim, O'Hara and Wagner really put on a show.

Tim McCarver: I guess it adds new meaning to the term, slider. Wagner looking for

big points here.

Ken Rosenthal: He hits the big three spot.

Tim McCarver: O'Hara steps up, the throw is wild, oh that's awful.

Ken Rosenthal: It looks like Varitek is taking a trip to the mound, what's he saying to


Tim McCarver: Well he's very secretive, trying to get O'Hara's confidence back on


Jason Varitek: Let's go!

Tim McCarver: It does look like O'Hara has calmed down.

Ken Rosenthal: O'Hara deals, ooh tapped and dropped.

Tim McCarver: Nobody quite does it like O'Hara, put this one in the books.



                                         Gillette Rookies


Gillette now presents The Rookie of the Month – honoring the league’s top rookies

throughout the season…

                                      (SYNC: “Welcome…”)

Announcer: Welcome to the show!



Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia displayed a veteran bat during his visit to the Bronx

this week…

                                      (SYNC: Two beats)

Announcer: It's a bases clearing double for Arencibia.

Announcer: These are the nights when you think, ya know how great it is to be able to

play in the bigs.





This Week in Baseball presented by Pepsi Max will be right back…


                                     Act Four

                                 Diamond Demos


To play baseball right you’ve got to execute the fundamentals of the game…

                               (SYNC: Crack)

Harold Reynolds: Fundamentals youngsters, keep working on it.



And who better to learn from than the experts at MLB Network, with this week’s

Diamond Demo…

                               (SYNC: Ring out)



In light of what happened this week in San Francisco…,

                               (SYNC: “Posey…”)

Announcer: Posey can't handle it, and Posey gets clobbered!



We turn to Billy Ripken and Ron Gant who discuss collisions at the plate…

                               (SYNC: “For me…”)

Ron Gant: For me, that's fair game right there because that plate is in between the

catchers legs that means he's blocking the plate there, I'm gonna try to drill him.

Announcer: Throw to the plate is in time, they got him!

Billy Ripken: If you're coming around third and I'm out here in this position and I'm

giving you some plate, are you even thinking about squaring me up?

Ron Gant: Right now I know I can get to that plate.

Announcer: He is under the tag.

Announcer: That's just an amazing bit of base running.

Billy Ripken: I think in a lot of cases catchers expect some contact, especially the ones

that are doing this, but I tell you what, they're going to take exception when the

catcher's out here, reaching for a ball and they're planning to hit.

Announcer: Didn't even think about going away to the outside part of the plate.

Ron Gant: But that foot comes over just a little bit, that catcher is fair game , you gotta

nail him.

Announcer: Throw to the plate, the collision, out at the plate.

Ron Gant: That's a heads up play, who said baseball wasn't a contact sport.



                                           Going All Out


Washington D.C. holds a special place in our nation’s history. But in almost 100

seasons of big league baseball played there, it’s come up just a bit short…

                                 (SYNC: Music sizzle)



There is, however, one national treasure that the team can claim as its own – a pitcher

who not only is the all-time career shutout leader – but perhaps the best who ever


                                 (SYNC: “Walter…”)

INTV: Walter Johnson stood alone, he was at the top of the heap as far as pitchers was

concerned. The numbers are staggering.

INTV: He won over 400 games, he pitched over 100 shutouts, he was it.

INTV: His fastball is said to be one of the fastest of all time. Ty Cobb said that

Johnson was the only pitcher who made the ball whistle as he threw it.



Johnson earned the nickname “The Big Train” because of the blazing speed of his

fastball. Unfortunately his teammates couldn’t keep up…

                                 (SYNC: “Walter’s…”)

INTV: Walters misfortune was having to pitch for a inept Washington Senators team.



Consider that in his first 17 seasons as a Senator, Walter’s team managed to finish

above .500 just six times. Yet during that time, Johnson won 354 games -- and posted

a .593 winning percentage…

                                (SYNC: “It had…”)

INTV: It had always been considered a shame that he would never be in a World

Series because he just didn't play for good teams.



But then – out of the blue in 1924 – Washington actually won the American League

pennant – giving Johnson his shot at a World Series title…

                                (SYNC: Music sizzle)



Now came the hard part…

                                (SYNC: “The…”)

INTV: The Senators were facing the New York Giants, they had been in the World

Series in 1921, '22, '23 and '24, and had much success in the previous decades.



But if the series was to be Johnson’s coronation – well, it didn’t begin that way…

                                       (SYNC: “Johnson…”)

INTV: Johnson lost the first two games he pitched in the '24 Series and he looked like

he was gonna be the goat of the series which was going to be a tragic thing.



But Washington managed to force a game seven – giving Johnson one more shot at


                                       (SYNC: “In game…”)

INTV: In game seven, the Senators were trailing going in to the eighth inning,

fortunately a batter hits a ground ball to third baseman Freddie Lindstrom that appears

to strike a pebble right in front of Lindstrom and took a high bounce over the third

baseman and in to left field. Two runs came in to score which tied the game.

INTV: Top of the ninth, Giants come to bat against a relief pitcher, Walter Johnson.

Johnson pitches beautifully, get in and out of jams, but pitches scoreless ball in the

ninth, the 10th, the 11th, the 12th.

INTV: And then in the 12th inning, the same thing happens, another drive down to

third base, hits by legend, the same pebble and goes for the game winning hit and low

and behold the Senators have won the World Series.

INTV: It was the first time Washington had won a World's Championship and Walter

Johnson turned out to be the hero. It was a National victory because of affection that

we had for Walter Johnson.



The Big Train went all out -- and so can you for your community. Get your local

ballpark chosen to receive a big league makeover, equipment packages and

instructional clinics by logging onto Chevy and Scotts – building

diamonds and dreams…


                                  State Farm Big League Blast



Our State Farm Big League Blast honors the man who, this week, crept to within

seven home runs of 600 – the venerable Jim Thome…

                                      (SYNC: Crack)

Announcer: Deep to right field and this one is way outta here, out to the flag pole.

Announcer: Mammoth home run to right field off the bat of Jim Thome.





This Week in Baseball -- presented by Pepsi Max will be right back…


                                         ACT Five

                                     How ‘bout That


And now – the week’s best moments in How ‘bout That – set to the song

“Wanderingfoot” by The Fling…

                                   (SYNC: Wireless)

Announcer: Pitchers in the cage, that could be dangerous, that ball was launched, ha

ha ha, he's going to enjoy that.

Announcer: You're sitting in that dugout, you just got to go, you got to be kidding me.

Announcer: Lowrie drops it, oh my!

Announcer: A wild turn of events in the eight.

Chris Perez: You got to keep your head on a swivel you guys.

Announcer: Oh nice play by one of the fans.

Announcer: It helps if you have very good fielding fans.

Player: Ha ha yeah, there it is.

Announcer: There's a drive to left field, you can forget about this one!

Announcer: That ball hit hard, get up!

Player: Get out, go.

Announcer: A solo shot by Quentin, hit his third homer of the game!

James Shields: Can we do it again?

Announcer: Oh that one's hit and way gone! Another booming home run from Corey

Hart. His third home run of the game!

James Shields: Yes!

Announcer: Wilson Valdez takes over on the mound here in the top of the 19 th inning.

Announcer: He's not a pitcher, but he is tonight.

Announcer: More than 6 hours since this game began and Wilson Valdez becomes the

first position player to pick up a victory since the year 2000.

Chris Perez: We got that one taken care for you bud.

Announcer: Wow, no regard for his body.

Announcer: And he makes the outstanding catch.

Chris Perez: No we're back to action, center field where I belong.

Announcer: Fly ball center field, Young going back...

Announcer: Colby is back...

Announcer: At the wall, he leaps, did he get it? Oh yes!

Announcer: He got it! Chris Young took a home run away from Wigginton.

Announcer: What a play by Colby in center field!

Announcer: Jones in the air to center field, way back, at the wall, goodbye home run!

A walk off homer for Adam Jones!

Adam Jones: Smooth.






Washington D.C. is in love with a phenom…

Happy 4th of July from Batolin man Welcome to This Week In Baseball

                                      (SYNC: “And the…”)

Announcer: And the 0-2... He strikes out the side!



And the promise of present and future power at the plate…

                                      (SYNC: Crack)



But there’s also a buzz over a very special musical bat – appropriately called a


                              (SYNC: “To the oceans…” )


As far as I know I'm the first one that really has made it. My name is Glenn

Donnellan, I am a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra and I played

electric violin for the National Symphony for a children's concert where they were

featuring technology and science and music and they got me an electric violin to play

on and I just fell in love with it and decided I got to have one and then I thought well,

why don't I just make one? So it was just a matter of figuring out what to make and

all those years ah playing baseball, hitting the ball around as a kid, I never thought of

making it into a violin until that one concert.

Want to see it?


For something that sounds so good, the batolin’s design is surprisingly simple…

                                   (SYNC: “The first…”)

The first thing I do is drill two holes right through the bat and that's where my guitar

tuners go and then I drill a hole down to them and widen that out open it up so I can fit

the strings down in there and get them to the tuners and then I go up the end of the bat

down to this end and drill a hole there, four of them to put the strings through.

So as a violinist I wasn't quite sure what I'd get when I, when I turn this into a fiddle,

but it turns out I get the sound of the strings and that's basically it.



After a little fine tuning, Glenn looked to play the National Anthem in a place just a

bit different than his usual venue…

                                   (SYNC: “Playing…”)

Playing in the symphony every concert every night is kind of like a game, it's a rush,

it's a thrill, I'm doing what I love. Coming to Natstown to play is a different ballpark

really. It's me all by myself and I'm playing a song I really love and for a crowd that

really is excited to hear it and a lot of them have just great responses to my playing

and what I do at the anthem, so it just makes it a thrill for me. There's nothing really

like it.



Glenn has already played the anthem three times at Nats games – with one more

appearance still on the docket…

                                 (SYNC: “It’s…”)

It's just been kind of like a dream. A dream that you never even dream.



Well, there is one more dream that Glenn has – baseball’s version of smashing a


I did it backwards from a normal violin, so that you could still, swing it. Because I

want to be able to hit a ball I haven't yet. What I'd love to do is go to the home run

derby, play the anthem there, and then have the winner hit a couple balls with the bat

and see if he could blow it up while it's plugged in. I wonder what that'll sound like.

                          (SYNC: Final notes up)


                                           Buzz Goodbye


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Brainard – so long everybody…

                                      (SYNC: Final notes)



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